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Women protest health-care bill in Colorado Springs moments before Senate delays vote

June 27, 2017 Updated: June 28, 2017 at 6:58 am
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Protesters dressed as charactors from “A Handmade Tale” by Margaret Atwood crowd the reception area of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s Colorado Springs office Tuesday, June 27, 2017, as they protest the Republican health care bill in the Senate. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

About 15 women dressed as handmaids assailed GOP efforts at health care reform as "pure evil" during a protest Tuesday outside Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's downtown Colorado Springs office.

Holding signs reading "We support Planned Parenthood" and "I am pro choice," they took aim at Republican proposals that would scrap federal funds for the health care provider and imperil benefits for reproductive health.

It marked at least the second rally in a week at the junior senator's office - both over the contentious health-care bill. But also Tuesday, Senate Republican leaders announced they will delay voting on the bill until after their recess July 3-7.

Several of the protesters crowded into the small reception room of Gardner's office dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale," the dystopian novel and television show. Others read statements to a receptionist standing behind a window.

Amy Gray, 37, said she saw parallels between the book and the health-care debate.

"It's very relevant to what's going on right now, in that they're trying to take away our health-care rights, our rights as women," Gray said.

She also lamented the Senate proposal's effect on health care for her family. Her sister's medications run $20,000 a month - making coverage essential.

"If she loses her coverage under this, she will die, and I will lose my sister. And that's why I'm here," Gray said.

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